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The English Department provides a scholarly setting for the study of writing and literature. The curriculum develops students' academic, professional, and creative skills, strengthening their aptitude for critical thinking and research.

We encourage knowledge of the literatures of diverse historical periods and cultures, broadening students' understanding of and facility with language. We ask students to explore how ethics and values inform reading and writing practices, to consider how culture is differently imagined, and to argue effectively about the conflicting values within and beyond our communities.

Our curriculum develops skills from introductory surveys through critical approaches to primary and secondary texts, and culminates in senior-level seminars on literature, writing, and journalism as professional endeavors. We train students to interpret the world through careful reading and analytic, persuasive writing in preparation for careers in teaching, writing, publishing, law, and many other fields.

Our Mission...

Our curriculum develops a student's academic, professional, and creative skills. 

Whether you prefer to read Toni Morrison or Shakespeare, argue over a controversial new film, play with language in a poem till it captures the sounds and images you desire, or pursue a news story in order to expose an injustice, you'll find the faculty and resources to explore your passions by majoring or minoring in English Studies. You'll be able to pursue your particular interests through courses that challenge you to learn both traditional and contemporary approaches to our changing field. Students study historical contexts, develop strategies for close reading and persuasive writing, and, not least, are encouraged to grow as citizens, critics, and thinkers in a complex world.

Careful reading ....Thoughtful, effective writing ....These are what English majors practice, and all are valuable in every profession — from teaching and writing to journalism, theatre, law, and management.

Drawing on historical traditions and contemporary theory, the study of English also addresses urgent human questions: How can we best argue conflicting values within and beyond our communities? How do writers from differing historical periods understand what it means to be human? Can we know what "human" means now that science and technology affect lives so profoundly? How does what we read influence our ethics and values? What can we hope to change with our writing, rhetoric, and reporting?

The English Studies major offers students the flexibility to follow their own interests in their choice of upper level electives. Those seeking more specific career objectives have the following choices:

English Education, B.A.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see English.

Major Requirements

  • ENGL 124 - Young Adult Fiction

    ENGL 124 - Young Adult Fiction

    2.00 credit hours

    An exploration of Y.A. genres from fiction, graphic novels and poetry across the 19th–21st centuries of various ethnicities and nations. Students consider how these texts often foreground reading and interpretation. Students may create Y.A. texts, evaluating their appeal.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CARD 101 or CARD 102.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 200 - Gateway: Introduction to English

    ENGL 200 - Gateway: Introduction to English

    4.00 credit hours

    This gateway course introduces critical and creative methods with a focus on close reading and effective writing. Theoretical and imaginative approaches are explored and practice given in reading, writing and analyzing a variety of texts. Students are introduced to disciplinary conventions and basic research strategies in English.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CARD 101 or CARD 102.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 204 - Literature and Culture of the Long 18th Century

    ENGL 204 - Literature and Culture of the Long 18th Century

    4.00 credit hours

    Students study texts before and just after the so-called "Age of Reason," from the late 17th to early 19th centuries, in both British and Early American contexts. Focus on the rise of individualism, science and colonial expansion, with slavery and genocide in its wake. Literature Across Time.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ENGL 200.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 214 - Graphic Narratives

    ENGL 214 - Graphic Narratives

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to foundational concepts in visual design, narrative structure and multimodality. From 1200 AD to the present, illuminated manuscripts, broadsides, comic books and websites have combined words and images, playing a part in literature and pop culture. Students explore the history of the word/image interface through critical and creative work.

    Prerequisite(s)

    One of ENGL 104, ENGL 106, ENGL 108 or ENGL 200.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Arts.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 222 - Global Literature/Postcolonial Literature

    ENGL 222 - Global Literature/Postcolonial Literature

    4.00 credit hours

    Students explore literature from the erstwhile colonies in South Asia, Africa and Australia to examine the relation between representation and nationalism. Students focus in particular on identity, gender, resistance and reconciliation. World Literatures.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities, Global Understanding.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 272 - English Grammar, Usage and Style

    ENGL 272 - English Grammar, Usage and Style

    2.00 credit hours

    Students explore the rules native English speakers employ in daily language use. Drawing on grammatical theories, the focus is on sentence structures and the classification of words. Students examine rhetorical grammar and issues of "correctness," learning skills for analyzing sentences.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 274 - English Language Arts

    ENGL 274 - English Language Arts

    4.00 credit hours

    An exploration of how literature, writing and grammar are taught in secondary school settings. Students examine historic and current theories of Language Arts pedagogy, analyzing and evaluating approaches to develop a better understanding of contemporary issues and best practices. Workshops on writing and revising processes.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CARD 101, CARD 102 and EDUC 101ENGL 270 and ENGL 272 recommended.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 302 - Shakespeare Across Time and Space

    ENGL 302 - Shakespeare Across Time and Space

    4.00 credit hours

    Students use close reading to interpret the influential works of William Shakespeare, who took inspiration for his plays and poetry from Ancient Greece and Rome, Medieval Britain and his contemporaries across Europe. Course material is fast-paced and challenging. Literature across Time.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ENGL 200 and one 200-level literature course.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 312 - Multimedia Authoring

    ENGL 312 - Multimedia Authoring

    4.00 credit hours

    Students focus on writing for computer-based media and engage new rhetorics of information technology. Emphasis is on learning not just a particular application, but understanding theoretical and practical skills in interface and narrative design; typography; layout; color; imagery; and media integration. Students work collaboratively and present their final projects. Writing and Rhetoric.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CARD 101.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Arts, Community Engaged Learning.
    iCon(s)
    Innovating Our World.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 332 - Multicultural American Literature

    ENGL 332 - Multicultural American Literature

    4.00 credit hours

    Emerging from a history of colonization, slavery and mass immigration, American culture is multiple and its literary landscape diverse. Students explore that diversity through the works of Latinx, Asian-American, African-American and/or Indigenous writers, examining the complexity of "American" identity as it is defined and contested. What happens when different cultures collide? How do historical, linguistic, philosophical and artistic traditions shape literary form and content? Culture and Identity.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ENGL 200.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities, U.S. Power Structures.
    iCon(s)
    Challenging Inequity.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 404 - The Novel Across Time

    ENGL 404 - The Novel Across Time

    4.00 credit hours

    Students explore the novel as a genre with an emphasis on its history, on representations of self, other, nation and on the material history of socio-cultural issues. Course content, region, single or multiple authors, and historical focus varies depending on instructor, though the focus remains the novel—with its champions, critics and profound effects on readers. Literature Across Time.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ENGL 200, two 200-level literature courses and one 300-level literature course.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 492 - Capstone Seminar in English

    ENGL 492 - Capstone Seminar in English

    4.00 credit hours

    All majors in English or English-Writing complete a capstone seminar. Following reflection on what was learned across English courses, students propose and write an extended, professional quality final project. In collaboration with peers, students conduct research, or develop a creative work, then draw on habits of mind and skills as they produce a thesis or project. All students present this work publically. Students also consider what it means to be a professional in the discipline, exploring ethical dimensions of work as they plan for life after graduation.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Senior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

Second Major

English Education majors must also complete a major in Secondary Education or Education Studies. Students seeking teacher licensure must complete the Secondary Education major.

Additional Requirements for the B.A. Degree

Students must demonstrate elementary competence in a foreign language. For more information, see the B.A. Degree Requirements within the Academic Regulations section of this catalog.

Literature, B.A.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see English.

Major Requirements

A minimum of 42 credit hours to include:

Core Courses

  • ENGL 200 - Gateway: Introduction to English

    ENGL 200 - Gateway: Introduction to English

    4.00 credit hours

    This gateway course introduces critical and creative methods with a focus on close reading and effective writing. Theoretical and imaginative approaches are explored and practice given in reading, writing and analyzing a variety of texts. Students are introduced to disciplinary conventions and basic research strategies in English.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CARD 101 or CARD 102.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 272 - English Grammar, Usage and Style

    ENGL 272 - English Grammar, Usage and Style

    2.00 credit hours

    Students explore the rules native English speakers employ in daily language use. Drawing on grammatical theories, the focus is on sentence structures and the classification of words. Students examine rhetorical grammar and issues of "correctness," learning skills for analyzing sentences.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 492 - Capstone Seminar in English

    ENGL 492 - Capstone Seminar in English

    4.00 credit hours

    All majors in English or English-Writing complete a capstone seminar. Following reflection on what was learned across English courses, students propose and write an extended, professional quality final project. In collaboration with peers, students conduct research, or develop a creative work, then draw on habits of mind and skills as they produce a thesis or project. All students present this work publically. Students also consider what it means to be a professional in the discipline, exploring ethical dimensions of work as they plan for life after graduation.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Senior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

Thematic Courses

One course from each of the following designations:

Literature Across Time
  • ENGL 202 - British Literature to 17th Century: Beowulf and Milton

    ENGL 202 - British Literature to 17th Century: Beowulf and Milton

    4.00 credit hours

    Close reading focused on Continental traditions and socio-political contexts that influenced Beowulf, di Pizan, Chaucer, Spencer, Shakespeare, Milton and more. Students trace the figure of the monster in literature produced between the 8th–17th centuries.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ENGL 200.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 204 - Literature and Culture of the Long 18th Century

    ENGL 204 - Literature and Culture of the Long 18th Century

    4.00 credit hours

    Students study texts before and just after the so-called "Age of Reason," from the late 17th to early 19th centuries, in both British and Early American contexts. Focus on the rise of individualism, science and colonial expansion, with slavery and genocide in its wake. Literature Across Time.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ENGL 200.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 206 - British Literature and Culture of the 19th–21st Centuries

    ENGL 206 - British Literature and Culture of the 19th–21st Centuries

    4.00 credit hours

    Students explore 19th–21st century texts, a time of contradictions, with progress in science, industry, the expansion and then losses of the British empire, and the rise of democratic movements (suffrage, labor, anti-imperial resistance) in and beyond England. Literature Across Time.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ENGL 200.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 208 - American Literature and Culture of the 19th–21st Centuries

    ENGL 208 - American Literature and Culture of the 19th–21st Centuries

    4.00 credit hours

    Students explore 19th–21st century American literature and culture through a survey of poets, essayists, fiction writers, playwrights and filmmakers who grappled with principles and practices of American democracy. Romantic, realist, modern and postmodern writers offer diverse perspectives on what it means to live in relation to the promise of "we the people."

    Prerequisite(s)

    ENGL 200.

    Schedule Of Classes

World Literatures
  • ENGL 222 - Global Literature/Postcolonial Literature

    ENGL 222 - Global Literature/Postcolonial Literature

    4.00 credit hours

    Students explore literature from the erstwhile colonies in South Asia, Africa and Australia to examine the relation between representation and nationalism. Students focus in particular on identity, gender, resistance and reconciliation. World Literatures.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities, Global Understanding.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 322 - Cosmopolitan 20th–21st Century England: Global Identities in British Literature and Culture

    ENGL 322 - Cosmopolitan 20th–21st Century England: Global Identities in British Literature and Culture

    4.00 credit hours

    Students focus on British literature after WWII. The world wars and the Kinder Transport; Cold War and defections from the former U.S.S.R.; the rise of the U.S. as a global superpower as England's empire faded; and the immigration of populations from former colonies—all profoundly affect England's identity. Students explore the literature, theatre, dance and films produced by these new generations of immigrant Britishers as they negotiate their dual heritage. World Literatures.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ENGL 200 and one 200-level literature course.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 390 - Special Topics or ENGL 490 (if applicable)

    ENGL 390 - Special Topics

    4.00 credit hours

    Topics vary depending on instructor, but may focus on a single writer; a theorist or theoretical perspective; a period of time and place. If writing-focused, varying topics such as hybrid and digital genres; the rise of the chapbook; writing Y.A. fiction; novella writing; the ethics of workplace writing; truth in writing in an age of "fake" media, and so on. If language-focused, varying topics such as language and gender, language in politics, education or media; or a consideration of the ways class, race and nations use language in the struggle for legitimacy and control.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ENGL 200.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 424 - Postcolonial Rewriting of Western Texts

    ENGL 424 - Postcolonial Rewriting of Western Texts

    4.00 credit hours

    Students examine postcolonial rewritings of European and indigenous texts and genres to examine how changes in the cultural and political context affect aesthetic choices. Students experience a number of challenging literary and theoretical texts.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ENGL 200, two 200-level English courses and one 300-level English course; ENGL 334 recommended.

    Schedule Of Classes

Writing and Rhetoric
  • ENGL 212 - Writing, Rhetoric and Digital Studies: Text/Technologies

    ENGL 212 - Writing, Rhetoric and Digital Studies: Text/Technologies

    4.00 credit hours

    Students examine theoretical, stylistic and ethical issues connected with writing in various rhetorical situations, including digital environments. Focus on writing about ethically charged issues such as artificial intelligence, digital technology, biotechnology and transhumanism.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CARD 101 or CARD 102.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Arts, Writing Intensive.
    iCon(s)
    Innovating Our World.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 214 - Graphic Narratives

    ENGL 214 - Graphic Narratives

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to foundational concepts in visual design, narrative structure and multimodality. From 1200 AD to the present, illuminated manuscripts, broadsides, comic books and websites have combined words and images, playing a part in literature and pop culture. Students explore the history of the word/image interface through critical and creative work.

    Prerequisite(s)

    One of ENGL 104, ENGL 106, ENGL 108 or ENGL 200.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Arts.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 250 - Writing for Social Change

    ENGL 250 - Writing for Social Change

    4.00 credit hours

    A workshop-based writing course emphasizing the close reading and production of equity-minded texts that challenge existing power structures. Studying writing of social change movements of the past, students learn the arts of writing to change the world through individual and collaboratively designed projects for publics. Writing and Rhetoric.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ENGL 200.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Arts.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 280 - Introduction to Professional Writing

    ENGL 280 - Introduction to Professional Writing

    4.00 credit hours

    Using a reader-centered approach, students are introduced to strategies for writing effectively in the workplace. Rhetorical theories and practices join multimodal writing and presentation skills to help students transfer from school-to-work contexts.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CARD 101.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 312 - Multimedia Authoring

    ENGL 312 - Multimedia Authoring

    4.00 credit hours

    Students focus on writing for computer-based media and engage new rhetorics of information technology. Emphasis is on learning not just a particular application, but understanding theoretical and practical skills in interface and narrative design; typography; layout; color; imagery; and media integration. Students work collaboratively and present their final projects. Writing and Rhetoric.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CARD 101.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Arts, Community Engaged Learning.
    iCon(s)
    Innovating Our World.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 314 - Writing Commentary and Cultural Criticism: The Public Intellectual

    ENGL 314 - Writing Commentary and Cultural Criticism: The Public Intellectual

    4.00 credit hours

    A workshop-based public and professional writing course for student-critics who want to learn the art and craft of opinion commentary for publication. Reading for contentand craft, students propose, pitch, write and edit shorter, timely pieces such as op-eds, first person essays, humor/satire, polemics, jeremiads and arts or other reviews, as well as longer essays of cultural criticism. Writing and Rhetoric.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ENGL 200 and ENGL 242.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Arts.
    iCon(s)
    Engaging Civic Life.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 390 - Special Topics or ENGL 490 (if applicable)

    ENGL 390 - Special Topics

    4.00 credit hours

    Topics vary depending on instructor, but may focus on a single writer; a theorist or theoretical perspective; a period of time and place. If writing-focused, varying topics such as hybrid and digital genres; the rise of the chapbook; writing Y.A. fiction; novella writing; the ethics of workplace writing; truth in writing in an age of "fake" media, and so on. If language-focused, varying topics such as language and gender, language in politics, education or media; or a consideration of the ways class, race and nations use language in the struggle for legitimacy and control.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ENGL 200.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 412 - Persuasion

    ENGL 412 - Persuasion

    4.00 credit hours

    Intensive study in the ways people aim to persuade one another in different contexts, recognizing that audiences and situations are multiplied by technology. Students critique current presentation techniques with attention to how each succeeds or fails. The class collaboratively creates multimodal projects for real- world purposes such as a personal or professional website, persuasive video or audio essay; promotional project for local advocacy group or public performance. Formal presentations follow inquiry-guided research.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ENGL 212; one 200- or 300-level writing course.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 414 - Classical Rhetoric and Democracy in Composition

    ENGL 414 - Classical Rhetoric and Democracy in Composition

    4.00 credit hours

    The origin and development of the arts of rhetoric from the Greek Sophists through Aristotle, through Cicero and Quintilian, to the Medieval trivium. The second half of the course turns to the renewed flourishing of the liberal arts and later reemergence of democracies around the world. Students consider what it means to read, write and speak as ethical citizens who hope to nurture and sustain democratic values.

    Prerequisite(s)

    One 200- or 300-level writing course; ENGL 212 recommended.

    Schedule Of Classes

Identity and Culture
  • ENGL 232 - Black Narrative

    ENGL 232 - Black Narrative

    4.00 credit hours

    From slave narratives to folk tales to fiction, storytelling has played a role in asserting the value of black lives and challenging oppression. Students examine black narratives as channels for creative expression and social intervention. Discussions focus on how historical contexts and literary traditions interact; how racism shapes the social map and personal experience; and how gender, sexuality and class intersect.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities, U.S. Power Structures.
    iCon(s)
    Challenging Inequity.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 234 - Gender and Literary Feminisms

    ENGL 234 - Gender and Literary Feminisms

    4.00 credit hours

    Students explore gender's place in literature from a variety of cultures, time periods and genres. Discussions focus on representations of gender; how creative writing links to political work to challenge inequality; how writers interrogate the category "woman"; and how gender intersects with race, class, sexuality and religion.

    Prerequisite(s)

    GSST 100 or one 100-level English course.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities, U.S. Power Structures.
    iCon(s)
    Challenging Inequity.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 332 - Multicultural American Literature

    ENGL 332 - Multicultural American Literature

    4.00 credit hours

    Emerging from a history of colonization, slavery and mass immigration, American culture is multiple and its literary landscape diverse. Students explore that diversity through the works of Latinx, Asian-American, African-American and/or Indigenous writers, examining the complexity of "American" identity as it is defined and contested. What happens when different cultures collide? How do historical, linguistic, philosophical and artistic traditions shape literary form and content? Culture and Identity.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ENGL 200.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities, U.S. Power Structures.
    iCon(s)
    Challenging Inequity.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 424 - Postcolonial Rewriting of Western Texts

    ENGL 424 - Postcolonial Rewriting of Western Texts

    4.00 credit hours

    Students examine postcolonial rewritings of European and indigenous texts and genres to examine how changes in the cultural and political context affect aesthetic choices. Students experience a number of challenging literary and theoretical texts.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ENGL 200, two 200-level English courses and one 300-level English course; ENGL 334 recommended.

    Schedule Of Classes

Time Period and Nationality

One course from each of the following designations:

Pre-1800 Literature
  • ENGL 202 - British Literature to 17th Century: Beowulf and Milton

    ENGL 202 - British Literature to 17th Century: Beowulf and Milton

    4.00 credit hours

    Close reading focused on Continental traditions and socio-political contexts that influenced Beowulf, di Pizan, Chaucer, Spencer, Shakespeare, Milton and more. Students trace the figure of the monster in literature produced between the 8th–17th centuries.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ENGL 200.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 302 - Shakespeare Across Time and Space

    ENGL 302 - Shakespeare Across Time and Space

    4.00 credit hours

    Students use close reading to interpret the influential works of William Shakespeare, who took inspiration for his plays and poetry from Ancient Greece and Rome, Medieval Britain and his contemporaries across Europe. Course material is fast-paced and challenging. Literature across Time.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ENGL 200 and one 200-level literature course.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 402 - Desire From Plato to Garcia Marquez: The Lives of Eros

    ENGL 402 - Desire From Plato to Garcia Marquez: The Lives of Eros

    4.00 credit hours

    Considered by the Greeks as one of the oldest gods, Eros has represented desire for over two millennia of Western cultural tradition. The ways we think about love and desire today have been shaped over time by this long tradition. In this advanced seminar, students concentrate on the more remarkable moments in the journey Eros takes from antiquity to the Renaissance and the present. Readings, screenings and field trips include variety of genres: poetry, prose, philosophical dialogue, theatre and film. Literature across Time.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ENGL 200, two 200-level literature courses and one 300-level literature course.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 414 - Classical Rhetoric and Democracy in Composition

    ENGL 414 - Classical Rhetoric and Democracy in Composition

    4.00 credit hours

    The origin and development of the arts of rhetoric from the Greek Sophists through Aristotle, through Cicero and Quintilian, to the Medieval trivium. The second half of the course turns to the renewed flourishing of the liberal arts and later reemergence of democracies around the world. Students consider what it means to read, write and speak as ethical citizens who hope to nurture and sustain democratic values.

    Prerequisite(s)

    One 200- or 300-level writing course; ENGL 212 recommended.

    Schedule Of Classes

19th Century Literature
  • ENGL 204 - Literature and Culture of the Long 18th Century

    ENGL 204 - Literature and Culture of the Long 18th Century

    4.00 credit hours

    Students study texts before and just after the so-called "Age of Reason," from the late 17th to early 19th centuries, in both British and Early American contexts. Focus on the rise of individualism, science and colonial expansion, with slavery and genocide in its wake. Literature Across Time.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ENGL 200.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 206 - British Literature and Culture of the 19th–21st Centuries

    ENGL 206 - British Literature and Culture of the 19th–21st Centuries

    4.00 credit hours

    Students explore 19th–21st century texts, a time of contradictions, with progress in science, industry, the expansion and then losses of the British empire, and the rise of democratic movements (suffrage, labor, anti-imperial resistance) in and beyond England. Literature Across Time.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ENGL 200.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 208 - American Literature and Culture of the 19th–21st Centuries

    ENGL 208 - American Literature and Culture of the 19th–21st Centuries

    4.00 credit hours

    Students explore 19th–21st century American literature and culture through a survey of poets, essayists, fiction writers, playwrights and filmmakers who grappled with principles and practices of American democracy. Romantic, realist, modern and postmodern writers offer diverse perspectives on what it means to live in relation to the promise of "we the people."

    Prerequisite(s)

    ENGL 200.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 234 - Gender and Literary Feminisms

    ENGL 234 - Gender and Literary Feminisms

    4.00 credit hours

    Students explore gender's place in literature from a variety of cultures, time periods and genres. Discussions focus on representations of gender; how creative writing links to political work to challenge inequality; how writers interrogate the category "woman"; and how gender intersects with race, class, sexuality and religion.

    Prerequisite(s)

    GSST 100 or one 100-level English course.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities, U.S. Power Structures.
    iCon(s)
    Challenging Inequity.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 308 - American Dreaming

    ENGL 308 - American Dreaming

    4.00 credit hours

    Students explore writers and/or topics across 19th–21st American literature and culture. Topics, genres and time periods vary by instructor, but may include themes such as the American Dream; embodiment and social class; a single writer or several studied for comparison and contrast; a movement or school in American literature; a particular region; or a recurring theme such the American Dream, LGBTQ literature or Latinx writers. Literature Across Time.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ENGL 200 and one 200-level literature course.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 324 - Pop Genres of the 19th–21st Centuries

    ENGL 324 - Pop Genres of the 19th–21st Centuries

    4.00 credit hours

    Advanced study in literary and cultural studies across time and place. With the rise of mass media comes a proliferation of multimedia pop genres: books, movies, TV shows, video games and memes. The most robust include adventure stories, fantasy, horror, mystery, romance, sci-fi, westerns, posthuman and weird tales. Content varies depending on instructor. Identity and Culture.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ENGL 200 and One 200-level literature course.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 424 - Postcolonial Rewriting of Western Texts

    ENGL 424 - Postcolonial Rewriting of Western Texts

    4.00 credit hours

    Students examine postcolonial rewritings of European and indigenous texts and genres to examine how changes in the cultural and political context affect aesthetic choices. Students experience a number of challenging literary and theoretical texts.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ENGL 200, two 200-level English courses and one 300-level English course; ENGL 334 recommended.

    Schedule Of Classes

20th-21st Century Literature
  • ENGL 206 - British Literature and Culture of the 19th–21st Centuries

    ENGL 206 - British Literature and Culture of the 19th–21st Centuries

    4.00 credit hours

    Students explore 19th–21st century texts, a time of contradictions, with progress in science, industry, the expansion and then losses of the British empire, and the rise of democratic movements (suffrage, labor, anti-imperial resistance) in and beyond England. Literature Across Time.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ENGL 200.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 208 - American Literature and Culture of the 19th–21st Centuries

    ENGL 208 - American Literature and Culture of the 19th–21st Centuries

    4.00 credit hours

    Students explore 19th–21st century American literature and culture through a survey of poets, essayists, fiction writers, playwrights and filmmakers who grappled with principles and practices of American democracy. Romantic, realist, modern and postmodern writers offer diverse perspectives on what it means to live in relation to the promise of "we the people."

    Prerequisite(s)

    ENGL 200.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 234 - Gender and Literary Feminisms

    ENGL 234 - Gender and Literary Feminisms

    4.00 credit hours

    Students explore gender's place in literature from a variety of cultures, time periods and genres. Discussions focus on representations of gender; how creative writing links to political work to challenge inequality; how writers interrogate the category "woman"; and how gender intersects with race, class, sexuality and religion.

    Prerequisite(s)

    GSST 100 or one 100-level English course.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities, U.S. Power Structures.
    iCon(s)
    Challenging Inequity.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 308 - American Dreaming

    ENGL 308 - American Dreaming

    4.00 credit hours

    Students explore writers and/or topics across 19th–21st American literature and culture. Topics, genres and time periods vary by instructor, but may include themes such as the American Dream; embodiment and social class; a single writer or several studied for comparison and contrast; a movement or school in American literature; a particular region; or a recurring theme such the American Dream, LGBTQ literature or Latinx writers. Literature Across Time.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ENGL 200 and one 200-level literature course.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 324 - Pop Genres of the 19th–21st Centuries

    ENGL 324 - Pop Genres of the 19th–21st Centuries

    4.00 credit hours

    Advanced study in literary and cultural studies across time and place. With the rise of mass media comes a proliferation of multimedia pop genres: books, movies, TV shows, video games and memes. The most robust include adventure stories, fantasy, horror, mystery, romance, sci-fi, westerns, posthuman and weird tales. Content varies depending on instructor. Identity and Culture.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ENGL 200 and One 200-level literature course.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 404 - The Novel Across Time

    ENGL 404 - The Novel Across Time

    4.00 credit hours

    Students explore the novel as a genre with an emphasis on its history, on representations of self, other, nation and on the material history of socio-cultural issues. Course content, region, single or multiple authors, and historical focus varies depending on instructor, though the focus remains the novel—with its champions, critics and profound effects on readers. Literature Across Time.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ENGL 200, two 200-level literature courses and one 300-level literature course.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 424 - Postcolonial Rewriting of Western Texts

    ENGL 424 - Postcolonial Rewriting of Western Texts

    4.00 credit hours

    Students examine postcolonial rewritings of European and indigenous texts and genres to examine how changes in the cultural and political context affect aesthetic choices. Students experience a number of challenging literary and theoretical texts.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ENGL 200, two 200-level English courses and one 300-level English course; ENGL 334 recommended.

    Schedule Of Classes

American Literature (200-level or above)
  • ENGL 204 - Literature and Culture of the Long 18th Century

    ENGL 204 - Literature and Culture of the Long 18th Century

    4.00 credit hours

    Students study texts before and just after the so-called "Age of Reason," from the late 17th to early 19th centuries, in both British and Early American contexts. Focus on the rise of individualism, science and colonial expansion, with slavery and genocide in its wake. Literature Across Time.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ENGL 200.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 208 - American Literature and Culture of the 19th–21st Centuries

    ENGL 208 - American Literature and Culture of the 19th–21st Centuries

    4.00 credit hours

    Students explore 19th–21st century American literature and culture through a survey of poets, essayists, fiction writers, playwrights and filmmakers who grappled with principles and practices of American democracy. Romantic, realist, modern and postmodern writers offer diverse perspectives on what it means to live in relation to the promise of "we the people."

    Prerequisite(s)

    ENGL 200.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 232 - Black Narrative

    ENGL 232 - Black Narrative

    4.00 credit hours

    From slave narratives to folk tales to fiction, storytelling has played a role in asserting the value of black lives and challenging oppression. Students examine black narratives as channels for creative expression and social intervention. Discussions focus on how historical contexts and literary traditions interact; how racism shapes the social map and personal experience; and how gender, sexuality and class intersect.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities, U.S. Power Structures.
    iCon(s)
    Challenging Inequity.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 234 - Gender and Literary Feminisms

    ENGL 234 - Gender and Literary Feminisms

    4.00 credit hours

    Students explore gender's place in literature from a variety of cultures, time periods and genres. Discussions focus on representations of gender; how creative writing links to political work to challenge inequality; how writers interrogate the category "woman"; and how gender intersects with race, class, sexuality and religion.

    Prerequisite(s)

    GSST 100 or one 100-level English course.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities, U.S. Power Structures.
    iCon(s)
    Challenging Inequity.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 308 - American Dreaming

    ENGL 308 - American Dreaming

    4.00 credit hours

    Students explore writers and/or topics across 19th–21st American literature and culture. Topics, genres and time periods vary by instructor, but may include themes such as the American Dream; embodiment and social class; a single writer or several studied for comparison and contrast; a movement or school in American literature; a particular region; or a recurring theme such the American Dream, LGBTQ literature or Latinx writers. Literature Across Time.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ENGL 200 and one 200-level literature course.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 310 - Writers of the Americas in the New Millennium

    ENGL 310 - Writers of the Americas in the New Millennium

    4.00 credit hours

    Students explore the literature and culture of the Americas—U.S., Latinx, Caribbean, Canadian and others since 2001. Focus is on novels, poetry or plays concerned with urgent contemporary themes, such as literature and trauma or posthumanism. Subjects vary depending on instructor. Literature Across Time.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ENGL 200 and one 200-level literature course.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 324 - Pop Genres of the 19th–21st Centuries

    ENGL 324 - Pop Genres of the 19th–21st Centuries

    4.00 credit hours

    Advanced study in literary and cultural studies across time and place. With the rise of mass media comes a proliferation of multimedia pop genres: books, movies, TV shows, video games and memes. The most robust include adventure stories, fantasy, horror, mystery, romance, sci-fi, westerns, posthuman and weird tales. Content varies depending on instructor. Identity and Culture.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ENGL 200 and One 200-level literature course.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 332 - Multicultural American Literature

    ENGL 332 - Multicultural American Literature

    4.00 credit hours

    Emerging from a history of colonization, slavery and mass immigration, American culture is multiple and its literary landscape diverse. Students explore that diversity through the works of Latinx, Asian-American, African-American and/or Indigenous writers, examining the complexity of "American" identity as it is defined and contested. What happens when different cultures collide? How do historical, linguistic, philosophical and artistic traditions shape literary form and content? Culture and Identity.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ENGL 200.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities, U.S. Power Structures.
    iCon(s)
    Challenging Inequity.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 404 - The Novel Across Time

    ENGL 404 - The Novel Across Time

    4.00 credit hours

    Students explore the novel as a genre with an emphasis on its history, on representations of self, other, nation and on the material history of socio-cultural issues. Course content, region, single or multiple authors, and historical focus varies depending on instructor, though the focus remains the novel—with its champions, critics and profound effects on readers. Literature Across Time.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ENGL 200, two 200-level literature courses and one 300-level literature course.

    Schedule Of Classes

British Literature (200-level or above)
  • ENGL 202 - British Literature to 17th Century: Beowulf and Milton

    ENGL 202 - British Literature to 17th Century: Beowulf and Milton

    4.00 credit hours

    Close reading focused on Continental traditions and socio-political contexts that influenced Beowulf, di Pizan, Chaucer, Spencer, Shakespeare, Milton and more. Students trace the figure of the monster in literature produced between the 8th–17th centuries.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ENGL 200.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 204 - Literature and Culture of the Long 18th Century

    ENGL 204 - Literature and Culture of the Long 18th Century

    4.00 credit hours

    Students study texts before and just after the so-called "Age of Reason," from the late 17th to early 19th centuries, in both British and Early American contexts. Focus on the rise of individualism, science and colonial expansion, with slavery and genocide in its wake. Literature Across Time.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ENGL 200.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 206 - British Literature and Culture of the 19th–21st Centuries

    ENGL 206 - British Literature and Culture of the 19th–21st Centuries

    4.00 credit hours

    Students explore 19th–21st century texts, a time of contradictions, with progress in science, industry, the expansion and then losses of the British empire, and the rise of democratic movements (suffrage, labor, anti-imperial resistance) in and beyond England. Literature Across Time.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ENGL 200.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 232 - Black Narrative

    ENGL 232 - Black Narrative

    4.00 credit hours

    From slave narratives to folk tales to fiction, storytelling has played a role in asserting the value of black lives and challenging oppression. Students examine black narratives as channels for creative expression and social intervention. Discussions focus on how historical contexts and literary traditions interact; how racism shapes the social map and personal experience; and how gender, sexuality and class intersect.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities, U.S. Power Structures.
    iCon(s)
    Challenging Inequity.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 234 - Gender and Literary Feminisms

    ENGL 234 - Gender and Literary Feminisms

    4.00 credit hours

    Students explore gender's place in literature from a variety of cultures, time periods and genres. Discussions focus on representations of gender; how creative writing links to political work to challenge inequality; how writers interrogate the category "woman"; and how gender intersects with race, class, sexuality and religion.

    Prerequisite(s)

    GSST 100 or one 100-level English course.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities, U.S. Power Structures.
    iCon(s)
    Challenging Inequity.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 302 - Shakespeare Across Time and Space

    ENGL 302 - Shakespeare Across Time and Space

    4.00 credit hours

    Students use close reading to interpret the influential works of William Shakespeare, who took inspiration for his plays and poetry from Ancient Greece and Rome, Medieval Britain and his contemporaries across Europe. Course material is fast-paced and challenging. Literature across Time.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ENGL 200 and one 200-level literature course.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 322 - Cosmopolitan 20th–21st Century England: Global Identities in British Literature and Culture

    ENGL 322 - Cosmopolitan 20th–21st Century England: Global Identities in British Literature and Culture

    4.00 credit hours

    Students focus on British literature after WWII. The world wars and the Kinder Transport; Cold War and defections from the former U.S.S.R.; the rise of the U.S. as a global superpower as England's empire faded; and the immigration of populations from former colonies—all profoundly affect England's identity. Students explore the literature, theatre, dance and films produced by these new generations of immigrant Britishers as they negotiate their dual heritage. World Literatures.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ENGL 200 and one 200-level literature course.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 324 - Pop Genres of the 19th–21st Centuries

    ENGL 324 - Pop Genres of the 19th–21st Centuries

    4.00 credit hours

    Advanced study in literary and cultural studies across time and place. With the rise of mass media comes a proliferation of multimedia pop genres: books, movies, TV shows, video games and memes. The most robust include adventure stories, fantasy, horror, mystery, romance, sci-fi, westerns, posthuman and weird tales. Content varies depending on instructor. Identity and Culture.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ENGL 200 and One 200-level literature course.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 402 - Desire From Plato to Garcia Marquez: The Lives of Eros

    ENGL 402 - Desire From Plato to Garcia Marquez: The Lives of Eros

    4.00 credit hours

    Considered by the Greeks as one of the oldest gods, Eros has represented desire for over two millennia of Western cultural tradition. The ways we think about love and desire today have been shaped over time by this long tradition. In this advanced seminar, students concentrate on the more remarkable moments in the journey Eros takes from antiquity to the Renaissance and the present. Readings, screenings and field trips include variety of genres: poetry, prose, philosophical dialogue, theatre and film. Literature across Time.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ENGL 200, two 200-level literature courses and one 300-level literature course.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 404 - The Novel Across Time

    ENGL 404 - The Novel Across Time

    4.00 credit hours

    Students explore the novel as a genre with an emphasis on its history, on representations of self, other, nation and on the material history of socio-cultural issues. Course content, region, single or multiple authors, and historical focus varies depending on instructor, though the focus remains the novel—with its champions, critics and profound effects on readers. Literature Across Time.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ENGL 200, two 200-level literature courses and one 300-level literature course.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 424 - Postcolonial Rewriting of Western Texts

    ENGL 424 - Postcolonial Rewriting of Western Texts

    4.00 credit hours

    Students examine postcolonial rewritings of European and indigenous texts and genres to examine how changes in the cultural and political context affect aesthetic choices. Students experience a number of challenging literary and theoretical texts.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ENGL 200, two 200-level English courses and one 300-level English course; ENGL 334 recommended.

    Schedule Of Classes

Theory

Consult with the English Department for an approved list of Theory courses

Note:

*A course may count for more than one designation

Upper Level Electives

  • 8 additional credit hours of elective Literature courses (300-level or above)
  • 8 additional credit hours of elective Literature courses (400-level or above)

Additional Requirements for the B.A. Degree

Students must demonstrate elementary competence in a foreign language. For more information, see the B.A. Degree Requirements within the Academic Regulations section of this catalog.

Literature Minor

The Literature minor provides practice and support for students' reading, writing and critical thinking skills. Study Young Adult Fiction, Black Narrative, Detective Fiction or have another go at Shakespeare. This flexible 20 credit hour minor supplements any major with valued and sought-after skills across a range of professions.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see English.

Minor Requirements

A minimum of 20 credit hours in Literature, including:

  • ENGL 200 - Gateway: Introduction to English

    ENGL 200 - Gateway: Introduction to English

    4.00 credit hours

    This gateway course introduces critical and creative methods with a focus on close reading and effective writing. Theoretical and imaginative approaches are explored and practice given in reading, writing and analyzing a variety of texts. Students are introduced to disciplinary conventions and basic research strategies in English.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CARD 101 or CARD 102.

    Schedule Of Classes

    • Eight credit hours of 200-level Literature
    • Four credit hours of 300-level Literature
    • Four credit hours of 300- or 400-level Literature

Professional and Technical Writing Minor

The Professional and Technical Writing minor provide students from any major at the College with the multimodal writing and design skills needed to succeed as a writer, communications manager, or STEM and business professional, whatever the workplace.

Drawing on professional and technical writing theories and their practical applications, students learn to create, revise and deliver effective documents and presentations across a range of genres in the sciences, applied health or business environments. Focused on writing persuasively with the needs of real stakeholders in mind, the study of Professional and Technical Writing gives students practice and support in the composing process and in document design, audience/ reader analysis, as well as strategies for collaborative writing, editing and revising and multimodal presentations. Students learn to identify grant funding and develop persuasive funding proposals. Not least, they examine case studies of "wicked problems" in workplaces to identify and solve real-world issues that can be better understood through excellent writer/designer communication.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see English.

Minor Requirements

A minimum of 20 credit hours, including:

  • ENGL 280 - Introduction to Professional Writing

    ENGL 280 - Introduction to Professional Writing

    4.00 credit hours

    Using a reader-centered approach, students are introduced to strategies for writing effectively in the workplace. Rhetorical theories and practices join multimodal writing and presentation skills to help students transfer from school-to-work contexts.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CARD 101.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 282 - Writing in STEM Professions

    ENGL 282 - Writing in STEM Professions

    4.00 credit hours

    An exploration of the conventions, genres, and ethical issues involved in writing within STEM fields. Students read field-specific texts to analyze and evaluate effective writing. Workshops and collaborative, multimodal final projects.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CARD 101.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 380 - Professional and Grant Writing

    ENGL 380 - Professional and Grant Writing

    4.00 credit hours

    Students study the mechanics of proposal writing and the complex aspects of "grantsmanship" as they develop skills in identifying sources of grant funding, conducting research for applications, and crafting proposals to readers' interests. Other advanced professional writing genres practiced. Collaborative final project.    
     

    Prerequisite(s)

    CARD 101; ENGL 212 recommended.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Community Engaged Learning.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 382 - Multimodal Professional and Technical Writing

    ENGL 382 - Multimodal Professional and Technical Writing

    4.00 credit hours

    Students become proficient multimodal media creators, able to analyze, evaluate and revise professional and technical documents. A collaborative final project is developed with any program or office at the College, or with potential community partners.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ENGL 212 recommended.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 384 - Wicked Writing Problems at Work

    ENGL 384 - Wicked Writing Problems at Work

    2.00 credit hours

    Students examine workplace writing problems, drawing on case studies and researching potential areas of conflict uncertainty, and opportunity for professional writers. Collaborative final project and public presentation.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ENGL 212.

    Schedule Of Classes

Elective

Two credit hours of English elective in Professional Writing (ENGL 212 - Writing, Rhetoric and Digital Studies: Text/Technologies is recommended).

NOTE: This page contains all of the regular course descriptions for this discipline or program. Academic credit for each course is noted in parenthesis after the course title. Prerequisites (if any) and the general education requirements, both Core and All-College Requirements (ACRs), which each course fulfills (if any) are noted following each course description. Not all courses are offered every year. Check Merlin, our searchable course schedule, to see which courses are being offered in upcoming terms.

ENGL 100 English as a Second Language I (4.00)
Introduction to American Academic English for non-native speakers. The focus is on listening and speaking skills, including presentation and in-class participation skills, vocabulary and idiom practice, while also introducing and practicing academic reading and writing skills through readings on American culture.  

ENGL 102 English as a Second Language II (4.00)
Advanced practice in writing, reading, speaking and listening skills in American Academic English for non-native speakers. The focus is on Academic writing (summaries, essays), readings on American culture and history, vocabulary and idiom practice, and essentials of advanced English grammar.

ENGL 104 How to Read Stories and Novels (2.00)
Designed for any student who wants to interpret the imaginary worlds of writers across 500 years of texts. From early stories to sci-fi, students learn to make sense of stories in their varied forms. Depending on instructor and content, may include field trips to fiction readings and/or The American Writer’s Museum.

Cardinal Directions Designation(s): Humanities.

ENGL 106 How to Read and Write Poems (2.00)
Designed for any student who wants to practice reading poems or songs, the most ancient and popular writing in the world. Students learn to write and interpret different poetic forms and explore timeless struggles in both ancient and contemporary verse. Students also practice writing poems. Depending on instructor and content, may include field trips to poetry readings in Chicago.

Cardinal Directions Designation(s): Arts.
iCon(s): Engaging Civic Life.

ENGL 108 Appreciating Plays and Screenplays: Text (2.00)
Designed for any student who wants to read dramas for stage and screen, interpret plays, and critique live stage performances. Students also practice writing plays. Depending on instructor and content, may include field trips to plays in and around Chicago.

Cardinal Directions Designation(s): Arts.
iCon(s): Engaging Civic Life.

ENGL 112 Creative Writing for Self Discovery (4.00)
Students learn ways expressive writing helps in the discovery of self and world. Focus is on fundamentals of creativity and the benefits of a regular imaginative writing practice as a means of developing insight, personal growth and well-being.

Cardinal Directions Designation(s): Arts.
iCon(s): Examining Health.

ENGL 118 College Humor Magazine Practicum (0.00-2.00)
Practical experience on the staff of the College humor magazine, The Kindling. Students may register for 1.00 credit hour for graded work as writers, photographers, artists and designers. Editors register for 2.00 credit hours. A maximum of six credit hours may be earned in English department practica.

Prerequisite(s): CARD 101 or CARD 102.

ENGL 120 College Literary Magazine Practicum (0.00-2.00)
Practical experience on the staff of the College humor magazine, 30 North. Students may register for 1.00 credit hour for graded work as writers, photographers, artists and designers. Editors register for 2.00 credit hours. A maximum of six credit hours may be earned in English department practica.

Prerequisite(s): CARD 101 or CARD 102.

ENGL 122 Children's Literature (2.00)
An exploration of children’s genres from picture books to fiction and poetry across historical periods and nations. Students consider how these texts often foreground reading and interpretation. Students may create children’s texts and evaluate their appeal.

Prerequisite(s): CARD 101 or CARD 102.

ENGL 124 Young Adult Fiction (2.00)
An exploration of Y.A. genres from fiction, graphic novels and poetry across the 19th–21st centuries of various ethnicities and nations. Students consider how these texts often foreground reading and interpretation. Students may create Y.A. texts, evaluating their appeal.

Prerequisite(s): CARD 101 or CARD 102.

ENGL 200 Gateway: Introduction to English (4.00)
This gateway course introduces critical and creative methods with a focus on close reading and effective writing. Theoretical and imaginative approaches are explored and practice given in reading, writing and analyzing a variety of texts. Students are introduced to disciplinary conventions and basic research strategies in English.

Prerequisite(s): CARD 101 or CARD 102.

ENGL 202 British Literature to 17th Century: Beowulf and Milton (4.00)
Close reading focused on Continental traditions and socio-political contexts that influenced Beowulf, di Pizan, Chaucer, Spencer, Shakespeare, Milton and more. Students trace the figure of the monster in literature produced between the 8th–17th centuries.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 200.

ENGL 204 Literature and Culture of the Long 18th Century (4.00)
Students study texts before and just after the so-called “Age of Reason,” from the late 17th to early 19th centuries, in both British and Early American contexts. Focus on the rise of individualism, science and colonial expansion, with slavery and genocide in its wake. Literature Across Time.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 200.

ENGL 206 British Literature and Culture of the 19th-21st Centuries (4.00)
Students explore 19th–21st century texts, a time of contradictions, with progress in science, industry, the expansion and then losses of the British empire, and the rise of democratic movements (suffrage, labor, anti-imperial resistance) in and beyond England. Literature Across Time.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 200.

ENGL 208 American Literature and Culture of the 19th-21st Centuries (4.00)
Students explore 19th–21st century American literature and culture through a survey of poets, essayists, fiction writers, playwrights and filmmakers who grappled with principles and practices of American democracy. Romantic, realist, modern and postmodern writers offer diverse perspectives on what it means to live in relation to the promise of “we the people.”

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 200.

ENGL 212 Writing, Rhetoric and Digital Studies: Text/Technologies (4.00)
Students examine theoretical, stylistic and ethical issues connected with writing in various rhetorical situations, including digital environments. Focus on writing about ethically charged issues such as artificial intelligence, digital technology, biotechnology and transhumanism.
Prerequisite(s): CARD 101 or CARD 102.

Cardinal Directions Designation(s): Arts, Writing Intensive.
iCon(s): Innovating Our World.

ENGL 214 Graphic Narratives (4.00)
An introduction to foundational concepts in visual design, narrative structure and multimodality. From 1200 AD to the present, illuminated manuscripts, broadsides, comic books and websites have combined words and images, playing a part in literature and pop culture. Students explore the history of the word/image interface through critical and creative work.

Prerequisite(s): One of ENGL 104ENGL 106ENGL 108 or ENGL 200.
Cardinal Directions Designation(s): Arts.

ENGL 216 Place and Travel Writing (4.00)
A workshop-based public and professional writing course focusing on writing about travel; nature and ecology; and immersion or experiential writing. Place, setting and location inspire in myriad ways; mindful of this, students read and collaboratively analyze professional and peer practitioners for craft. Students also write, edit and revise original place-based and travel writing for workshop.
Prerequisite(s): ENGL 200.

Cardinal Directions Designation(s): Arts, Global Understanding.
iCon(s): Experiencing Place.

ENGL 222 Global Literature/Postcolonial Literature (4.00)
Students explore literature from the erstwhile colonies in South Asia, Africa and Australia to examine the relation between representation and nationalism. Students focus in particular on identity, gender, resistance and reconciliation. World Literatures.

Prerequisite or Co-requisite: One of ENGL 104ENGL 106 or ENGL 108.
Cardinal Directions Designation(s): Humanities, Global Understanding.

ENGL 224 Environmental Literature (4.00)
(Same as: ENVI 224.) Encompasses the classics of nature writing from Anglo-American literary traditions to the practice of eco-criticism, through which a wider range of novels and other texts can be analyzed. With these texts, students explore how literature participates in cultural formations of the relations among humans, their environment and other forms of life. Readings include several genres: poetry, non-fiction and science-fiction from the 19th century to the present.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 104ENGL 106ENGL 108 or ENGL 200ENVI 120.

ENGL 232 Black Narrative (4.00)
From slave narratives to folk tales to fiction, storytelling has played a role in asserting the value of black lives and challenging oppression. Students examine black narratives as channels for creative expression and social intervention. Discussions focus on how historical contexts and literary traditions interact; how racism shapes the social map and personal experience; and how gender, sexuality and class intersect.

Cardinal Directions Designation(s): Humanities, U.S. Power Structures.
iCon(s): Challenging Inequity.

ENGL 234 Gender and Literary Feminisms (4.00)
(Same as GSST 234.) Students explore gender’s place in literature from a variety of cultures, time periods and genres. Discussions focus on representations of gender; how creative writing links to political work to challenge inequality; how writers interrogate the category “woman”; and how gender intersects with race, class, sexuality and religion.
Prerequisite(s): GSST 100 or one 100-level English course.

Cardinal Directions Designation(s): Humanities, U.S. Power Structures.
iCon(s): Challenging Inequity.

ENGL 240 Beginning Poetry (2.00)
Practice in the writing of poetry, with attention paid to the various techniques, approaches—free verse or formal verse—and the close reading of contemporary poets. Introduction to workshop-based peer critique and a regular writing and revision practice.

Prerequisite(s): One of ENGL 104ENGL 106ENGL 108 or ENGL 200.

ENGL 242 Beginning Creative Nonfiction (2.00)
An introduction to creative nonfiction emphasizing memoir, personal essays and narrative nonfiction. Students read and collaboratively analyze the work of professional and peer practitioners for craft, and write, edit and revise original creative nonfictions for workshop.

Prerequisite(s): One of ENGL 104ENGL 106ENGL 108 or ENGL 200.

ENGL 244 Beginning Fiction (2.00)
An introduction to literary fiction emphasizing micro, flash and short fiction. Students read and collaboratively analyze the work of professional and peer practitioners for craft, and write, edit and revise original short fictions for workshop.

Prerequisite(s): One of ENGL 104ENGL 106ENGL 108 or ENGL 200..

ENGL 246 Beginning Playwriting (2.00)
An introduction to stage drama emphasizing monologues,ten-minute plays, short sketches and performance pieces. Students read and collaboratively analyze the work of professional and peer dramatists for craft, and write, edit and revise original scripts for class performance and workshop.

Prerequisite(s): One of ENGL 104ENGL 106ENGL 108 or ENGL 200.

ENGL 250 Writing for Social Change (4.00)
A workshop-based writing course emphasizing the close reading and production of equity-minded texts that challenge existing power structures. Studying writing of social change movements of the past, students learn the arts of writing to change the world through individual and collaboratively designed projects for publics. Writing and Rhetoric.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 200.
Cardinal Directions Designation(s): Arts.

ENGL 270 Foundations of Language Study (4.00)
An introduction to linguistic principles through a study of modern English. Students examine approaches to language and linguistics: morphology, syntax, phonetics and phonology and semantics. Child language acquisition, adult second language acquisition and recent developments in neuroscience and computer science are also introduced.

Prerequisite(s): CARD 101 and CARD 102.
Cardinal Directions Designation(s): Global Understanding.
iCon(s): Thinking Globally.

ENGL 272 English Grammar, Usage and Style (2.00)
Students explore the rules native English speakers employ in daily language use. Drawing on grammatical theories, the focus is on sentence structures and the classification of words. Students examine rhetorical grammar and issues of “correctness,” learning skills for analyzing sentences.

ENGL 274 English Language Arts (4.00)
An exploration of how literature, writing and grammar are taught in secondary school settings. Students examine historic and current theories of Language Arts pedagogy, analyzing and evaluating approaches to develop a better understanding of contemporary issues and best practices. Workshops on writing and revising processes.

Prerequisite(s): CARD 101CARD 102 and EDUC 101ENGL 270 and ENGL 272 recommended.

ENGL 280 Introduction to Professional Writing (4.00)
Using a reader-centered approach, students are introduced to strategies for writing effectively in the workplace. Rhetorical theories and practices join multimodal writing and presentation skills to help students transfer from school-to-work contexts.

Prerequisite(s): CARD 101.

ENGL 282 Writing in STEM Profession (4.00)
An exploration of the conventions, genres, and ethical issues involved in writing within STEM fields. Students read field-specific texts to analyze and evaluate effective writing. Workshops and collaborative, multimodal final projects.

Prerequisite(s): CARD 101.

ENGL 297 Internship (0.00-12.00)
Instructor consent required.

ENGL 299 Independent Study (1.00-12.00)
Instructor consent required.

ENGL 302 Shakespeare Across Time and Space (4.00)
Students use close reading to interpret the influential works of William Shakespeare, who took inspiration for his plays and poetry from Ancient Greece and Rome, Medieval Britain and his contemporaries across Europe. Course material is fast-paced and challenging. Literature across Time.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 200 and one 200-level literature course.

ENGL 308 American Dreaming (4.00)
Students explore writers and/or topics across 19th–21st American literature and culture. Topics, genres and time periods vary by instructor, but may include themes such as the American Dream; embodiment and social class; a single writer or several studied for comparison and contrast; a movement or school in American literature; a particular region; or a recurring theme such the American Dream, LGBTQ literature or Latinx writers. Literature Across Time.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 200 and one 200-level literature course.

ENGL 310 Writers of the Americas in the New Millennium (4.00)
Students explore the literature and culture of the Americas—U.S., Latinx, Caribbean, Canadian and others since 2001. Focus is on novels, poetry or plays concerned with urgent contemporary themes, such as literature and trauma or posthumanism. Subjects vary depending on instructor. Literature Across Time.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 200 and one 200-level literature course.

ENGL 312 Multimedia Authoring (4.00)
Students focus on writing for computer-based media and engage new rhetorics of information technology. Emphasis is on learning not just a particular application, but understanding theoretical and practical skills in interface and narrative design; typography; layout; color; imagery; and media integration. Students work collaboratively and present their final projects. Writing and Rhetoric.

Prerequisite(s): CARD 101.
Cardinal Directions Designation(s): Arts, Community Engaged Learning.
iCon(s): Innovating Our World.

ENGL 314 Writing Commentary and Cultural Criticism: The Public Intellectual (4.00)
A workshop-based public and professional writing course for student-critics who want to learn the art and craft of opinion commentary for publication. Reading for contentand craft, students propose, pitch, write and edit shorter, timely pieces such as op-eds, first person essays, humor/satire, polemics, jeremiads and arts or other reviews, as well as longer essays of cultural criticism. Writing and Rhetoric.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 200 and ENGL 242.
Cardinal Directions Designation(s): Arts.
iCon(s): Engaging Civic Life.

ENGL 322 Cosmopolitan 20th-21st Century England: Global Identities in British Literature and Culture (4.00)
Students focus on British literature after WWII. The world wars and the Kinder Transport; Cold War and defections from the former U.S.S.R.; the rise of the U.S. as a global superpower as England’s empire faded; and the immigration of populations from former colonies—all profoundly affect England’s identity. Students explore the literature, theatre, dance and films produced by these new generations of immigrant Britishers as they negotiate their dual heritage. World Literatures.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 200 and one 200-level literature course.

ENGL 324 Pop Genres of the 19th-21st Centuries (4.00)
Advanced study in literary and cultural studies across time and place. With the rise of mass media comes a proliferation of multimedia pop genres: books, movies, TV shows, video games and memes. The most robust include adventure stories, fantasy, horror, mystery, romance, sci-fi, westerns, posthuman and weird tales. Content varies depending on instructor. Identity and Culture.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 200 and One 200-level literature course.

ENGL 332 Multicultural American Literature (4.00)
Emerging from a history of colonization, slavery and mass immigration, American culture is multiple and its literary landscape diverse. Students explore that diversity through the works of Latinx, Asian-American, African-American and/or Indigenous writers, examining the complexity of “American” identity as it is defined and contested. What happens when different cultures collide? How do historical, linguistic, philosophical and artistic traditions shape literary form and content? Culture and Identity.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 200.
Cardinal Directions Designation(s): Humanities, U.S. Power Structures.
iCon(s): Challenging Inequity.

ENGL 334 Critical Theory (4.00)
Advanced focus on primary theoretical texts. Students analyze and synthesize the range of theories that have shaped debates in literary and cultural studies. Considering multiple lenses of inquiry, students use close reading and questioning to engage key concepts: language, narrative, subjectivity, identities and the shaping force of material histories on persons and texts. Critical frames are brought into relation to consider their relevance to literature and life. Culture and Identity.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 200 and one 200-level literature course.

ENGL 340 Advanced Poetry (4.00)
A workshop-based class in which students explore traditional and experimental writing techniques to understand what a poem is and/or does. Students analyze and evaluate their own work and that of contemporary poets through critical writing. A portfolio of poems is required as the final project.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 200 and ENGL 240.

ENGL 342 Advanced Creative Nonfiction (4.00)
An advanced workshop-based course in which students propose, write and edit an extended creative nonfiction manuscript, and, with peer and professor support, write and revise the first two chapters of a proposed manuscript. Students research publication venues and learn to prepare and pitch longer-form nonfiction manuscripts.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 200 and ENGL 242.

ENGL 344 Advanced Fiction (4.00)
An advanced workshop-based course in which students propose, write and edit a thematically linked short literary fiction collection for potential submission and publication.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 200 and ENGL 244.

ENGL 346 Advanced Playwriting (4.00)
An advanced workshop-based course in which students propose, write and edit an extended one-act play, dramatic series or thematically linked sequence of sketches. Working with peers to develop longer-form comedies and dramas, scriptwriters learn to polish their plays and performance pieces for potential submission.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 200 and ENGL 246.

ENGL 370 Sociolinguistics: Language/Social Context (4.00)
The principles and methods used to study language as a social and cultural phenomenon, examined from the linguistic viewpoint—the search for social explanations for language use—and the social scientific viewpoint analyzing facts about language to illuminate social structure.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 270 recommended.

ENGL 372 History of the English Language
A study of the external and internal history of the English language from Old English to contemporary English. Students explore the historical evolution of major regional and social varieties of English and examine the question of usage in the context of sociocultural change.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 270 recommended.

ENGL 380 Professional and Grant Writing (4.00)
Students study the mechanics of proposal writing and the complex aspects of “grantsmanship” as they develop skills in identifying sources of grant funding, conducting research for applications, and crafting proposals to readers’ interests. Other advanced professional writing genres practiced. Collaborative final project.    

Prerequisite(s): CARD 101ENGL 212 recommended.
Cardinal Directions Designation(s): Community Engaged Learning.

ENGL 382 Multimodal Professional and Technical Writing (4.00)
Students become proficient multimodal media creators, able to analyze, evaluate and revise professional and technical documents. A collaborative final project is developed with any program or office at the College, or with potential community partners.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 212 recommended.

ENGL 384 Wicked Writing Problems at Work (2.00)
Students examine workplace writing problems, drawing on case studies and researching potential areas of conflict uncertainty, and opportunity for professional writers. Collaborative final project and public presentation.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 212.

ENGL 390 Special Topics (4.00) 
Topics vary depending on instructor, but may focus on a single writer; a theorist or theoretical perspective; a period of time and place. If writing-focused, varying topics such as hybrid and digital genres; the rise of the chapbook; writing Y.A. fiction; novella writing; the ethics of workplace writing; truth in writing in an age of “fake” media, and so on. If language-focused, varying topics such as language and gender, language in politics, education or media; or a consideration of the ways class, race and nations use language in the struggle for legitimacy and control.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 200.

ENGL 397 Internship (0.00-12.00)
Instructor consent required.

ENGL 399 Independent Study (1.00-12.00)
Prerequisite(s): Junior Standing. 

ENGL 402 Desire From Plato to Garcia Marquez: The Lives of Eros (4.00)
Considered by the Greeks as one of the oldest gods, Eros has represented desire for over two millennia of Western cultural tradition. The ways we think about love and desire today have been shaped over time by this long tradition. In this advanced seminar, students concentrate on the more remarkable moments in the journey Eros takes from antiquity to the Renaissance and the present. Readings, screenings and field trips include variety of genres: poetry, prose, philosophical dialogue, theatre and film. Literature across Time.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 200, two 200-level literature courses and one 300-level literature course.

ENGL 404 The Novel Across Time (4.00)
Students explore the novel as a genre with an emphasis on its history, on representations of self, other, nation and on the material history of socio-cultural issues. Course content, region, single or multiple authors, and historical focus varies depending on instructor, though the focus remains the novel—with its champions, critics and profound effects on readers. Literature Across Time.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 200, two 200-level literature courses and one 300-level literature course.

ENGL 412 Persuasion (4.00)
Intensive study in the ways people aim to persuade one another in different contexts, recognizing that audiences and situations are multiplied by technology. Students critique current presentation techniques with attention to how each succeeds or fails. The class collaboratively creates multimodal projects for real- world purposes such as a personal or professional website, persuasive video or audio essay; promotional project for local advocacy group or public performance. Formal presentations follow inquiry-guided research.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 212; one 200- or 300-level writing course.

ENGL 414 Classical Rhetoric and Democracy in Composition (4.00)
The origin and development of the arts of rhetoric from the Greek Sophists through Aristotle, through Cicero and Quintilian, to the Medieval trivium. The second half of the course turns to the renewed flourishing of the liberal arts and later reemergence of democracies around the world. Students consider what it means to read, write and speak as ethical citizens who hope to nurture and sustain democratic values.

Prerequisite(s): One 200- or 300-level writing course; ENGL 212 recommended.

ENGL 424 Postcolonial Rewriting of Western Texts (4.00)
Students examine postcolonial rewritings of European and indigenous texts and genres to examine how changes in the cultural and political context affect aesthetic choices. Students experience a number of challenging literary and theoretical texts.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 200, two 200-level English courses and one 300-level English course; ENGL 334 recommended.

ENGL 440 Poetic Forms and Poetics (4.00)
Workshop class focuses on analytical skills in reading and writing poetry, especially in relation to craft, form and theory of the genre. Students situate their own work within poetic theory, imitate other poets, perform scansion, thoroughly revise their work and present on poets or poetry. Varying themes around poetic devices such as lines and sentences, rhythm and sound, received forms and prosody.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 340

ENGL 442  Narrative Form and Practice (4.00)
Theory and practice  in experimental and fabulist forms that resist and respond to the norms of conventional literary realism through structural, stylistic or thematic innovation, and via the artful use of collage, unreliable narration, cut-up techniques, stream-of-consciousness, mixed genre, word/image hybrids and meta-fiction and nonfiction.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 200ENGL 342 or ENGL 344.

ENGL 446 Playwriting Form and Practice (4.00)
Theory and Practice in nontraditional and/or experimental forms that transcend traditional stage drama, to include researching, writing, editing and performing works of devised theatre, documentary theatre, autobiographical drama, absurdist theatre, abstract theatre, historical/period drama and/or stage adaptation.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 246 or ENGL 346.

ENGL 490 Special Topics (4.00)
Topics vary depending on instructor, but may focus on a single writer; a theorist or theoretical perspective; a period of time and place. If writing-focused, varying topics such as hybrid and digital genres; the rise of the chapbook; writing Y.A. fiction; novella writing; the ethics of workplace writing; truth in writing in an age of “fake” media, and so on. If language-focused, varying topics such as language and gender, language in politics, education, or media; or a consideration of the ways class, race, and nations use language in the struggle for legitimacy and control.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 200, two 300-level English courses.

ENGL 492 Capstone Seminar in English (4.00)
All majors in English or English-Writing complete a capstone seminar. Following reflection on what was learned across English courses, students propose and write an extended, professional quality final project. In collaboration with peers, students conduct research, or develop a creative work, then draw on habits of mind and skills as they produce a thesis or project. All students present this work publically. Students also consider what it means to be a professional in the discipline, exploring ethical dimensions of work as they plan for life after graduation.

Prerequisite(s): Senior standing.

ENGL 497 Internship (0.00-12.00)
Prerequisite(s): Senior standing.

ENGL 499 Independent Study (1.00-12.00)
Prerequisite(s): Senior standing.

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Matthias Regan

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Faculty Emeriti

Richard Guzman
Professor of English Emeritus
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Martha Bohrer
Professor of English Emerita
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John Shindler
Professor of English Emeritus
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Francine G. Navakas
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Nancy C. Chapman
Associate Professor of English Emerita
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Priscilla N. Grundy
Professor of English Emerita
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Extra-curricular and professional activities that will enrich your English studies

  • Work closely with the Career Development Center and department faculty to find internships in writing, teaching, reporting and other skills related to English. You may earn credit and may also be paid. Our English majors have worked for publishing houses, not-for profit organizations like the DuPage Forest Preserve and the American Soccer Association, and large corporations like UPS.
  • Apply for Richter Independent Study Fellowships and other grants the College awards for travel. Our students have gone all over the United States and the world to conduct special research on everything from a particular author (Stephen King, for example) to the unique features of Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles.
  • Study abroad through our popular programs in Costa Rica, London and Asia.
  • Become a member of Sigma Tau Delta, an international English honor society. One of the largest members of the Association of College Honor Societies, Sigma Tau Delta has over 600 active chapters. Sigma Tau Delta's central purpose is to confer distinction upon students of the English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies. Sigma Tau Delta also recognizes the accomplishments of professional writers who have contributed to the fields of language and literature.
  • Become involved as writers, artists, readers and production coordinators of the department’s three publications:

The Kindling, humor magazine
The Chronicle, award-winning weekly newspaper
30 North, quarterly international literary magazine

Sigma Tau Delta

The Department of English is proud to host a thriving chapter of the international honor society, Sigma Tau Delta.  Our members take an active role in organizing social activities for the department --hosting bake sales, book drives, poetry readings, film screenings, and themed dinners.  Please contact faculty advisor Sohinee Roy (sroy@noctrl.edu) for more information.

Explore North Central's Writer's Series

North Central College's Writer's Series is proud to bring established and emerging writers to campus for a reading and a classroom visit, providing an opportunity for students to learn about process, craft, and best practices from working writers. Members of the student literary magazine, 30 North, also get to interview the authors. Past writers have been New York Times bestsellers, NEA fellows, prize winners and more, in a variety of genres and markets.

Upcoming writers

Ling Ma, Nov 18, 2019, 4 p.m., location TBA

Ling Ma is author of the novel Severance, which received the Kirkus Prize and was a New York Times Notable Book of 2018. Her work has appeared in Granta, Playboy, Vice, Ninth Letter, ACM and others. She holds an MFA from Cornell University and an AB from the University of Chicago, where she currently serves as Assistant Professor of Practice in the Arts.

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Past writers

Daniel Borzutzky 

Winner of the 2016 National Book Award for Poetry for his collection The Performance of Becoming Human, Daniel Borzutzky is a Chilean- American writer and translator living in Chicago. His other poetry books are In the Murmurs of the Rotten Carcass Economy, The Book of Interfering Bodies, The Ecstasy of Capitulation, and the chapbook Failure in the Imagination. He has published one collection of fiction, Arbitrary Tales. His books of translation include Song for his Disappeared Love by Raul Zurita and Port Trakl by Jaime Luis Huenun.

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Tiana Clark

Tiana Clark is the author of I Can’t Talk About the Trees Without the Blood (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018), winner of the 2017 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize, and Equilibrium (Bull City Press, 2016), winner of the 2016 Frost Place Chapbook Competition. Clark is the winner of a 2019 Pushcart Prize, as well as the 2017 Furious Flower’s Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial Poetry Prize and 2015 Rattle Poetry Prize. She was the 2017-2018 Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing. Her writing has appeared in or is  forthcoming from The New Yorker, Poetry Magazine, Best New Poets, and elsewhere. Clark is the recipient of scholarships and fellowships to the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Sewanee Writers' Conference, and Kenyon Review Writers Workshop. She teaches creative writing at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.

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T. Clutch Fleishmann

T. Clutch Fleischmann is the author of Syzygy, Beauty (Sarabande) and the curator of Body Forms (Essay Press). A Nonfiction Editor at DIAGRAM and Contributing Editor at EssayDaily, their work has appeared in Fourth Genre, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Brooklyn Rail, and elsewhere.

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Brittany Cavallaro

Brittany Cavallaro is the author of the Charlotte Holmes novels (HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books), including A Study In Charlotte, which was a Junior Library Guild pick, an IndieNext pick, and an American Booksellers Association Best Book of 2016, and The Last of August, which was a New York Times bestseller. The third in the series, The Case for Jamie, is out in March 2018. Cavallaro is also the author of the poetry collection Girl-King (University of Akron Press). She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Vermont Studio Center as well as scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. She currently lives in Michigan, where she teaches at the Interlochen Arts Academy.

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Lucy Tan

Lucy Tan grew up in New Jersey and has spent much of her adult life in New York and Shanghai. She received her B.A. from New York University and her M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was awarded the 2016 August Derleth Prize and currently serves as the James C. McCreight Fiction Fellow. Lucy's work has been published in journals such as Asia Literary Review and Ploughshares, where she was winner of the 2015 Emerging Writer's Contest. This is her first novel.

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Janet McNally

Janet McNally is author of the young adult novels Girls in the Moon and The Looking Glass (HarperCollins), and a collection of poems, Some Girls, winner of the White Pine Press Poetry Prize. She has an MFA from the University of Notre Dame, and has twice been a fiction fellow with the New York Foundation for the Arts. Janet teaches creative writing at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York.

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